Establishing Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region: the Regional Project’s Results

Establishing Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region: the Regional Project’s Results

On  April 22, 2020 an online conference was held on the final event of the regional project “Strengthening Regional and Cross-Sectoral Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region”.

The Legal Clinic “Law and Practice” of Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University implemented the project together with the co-executors:

  1. Educational and Practical Laboratory “Legal Clinic” of the University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraineimplements an autonomous initiative, entitled “Innovative Teaching Methods in Law Education of Legal Clinics for Secondary School Students”.
  2. Legal Clinic of the Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine
  3. Law Clinic “Astrya” of the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University
  4. Training Laboratory “Legal Clinic” of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
  5. Legal Clinic “Protection and Justice” of the National University of Bioresources and Natural resources of Ukraine

The innovativeness of the project include:

  • introduction of networking of legal clinics of Kyiv region between themselves and partners,
  • development of unique products “Maps of the interaction of legal clinics with stakeholders” and “Clinician’s guide for communication with special clients”,
  • approbation of the model of cross-sectoral cooperation in other Ukrainian legal clinics and its implementation in the post-project period.

The principal activities carried out as a part of the project embody:

  • working meeting of legal clinics aimed at establishing cross-sectoral cooperation in the legal club “Provocateur”;
  • visits of student counsellors and teachers to other legal clinics aimed at experience sharing;
  • training on the basis of NUSFSU, that included the formation of basic knowledge on the creation and conduct of training for pupils by student-consultants;
  • monitoring of primary knowledge in the field of taxes for pupils;
  • presentation of methodological developments of the training on the topic: “Taxes are easy!”
  • training among Irpin schools on the topic: “Taxes are easy” and schools in Kyiv and Bila Tserkva to form a general idea of ​​the tax system in Ukraine.

During the conference, the project executors presented the results and achievements of clinicians, discussed unique products obtained during project initiatives, exchanged views, ideas and proposals for further cross-sectoral cooperation and effective cooperation of legal clinics of Ukraine with partners and stakeholders.

The project “Developing Regional Leadership and Establishing a Coordination Model of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine is implemented by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine with the financial support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

ALCU «FIN $kills» Competition: Boost your Financial Literacy Skills

ALCU «FIN $kills» Competition: Boost your Financial Literacy Skills

We missed Street Law! Did you? We are sure that you did because no quality platform for online communication will replace interactive classes and live interaction. We assure you that there are many more interesting offline events planned by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, we suggest to use the built-up skills of law-education materials development and conducting of Street Law lessons to get ready to leave quarantine with interesting interactive products.

To add inspiration and motivation, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine announces the «FIN $kills» Competition in law-education materials development. Pleasant rewards and exciting events are guaranteed. Students-consultants of legal clinics are invited to participate.

The topic of the Competition is more than relevant – «Financial Literacy and Protection of Financial Services Consumers», as the number of appeals to legal clinics with issues of bad loans, illegal actions of collectors, and financial fraud is continuously increasing. Furthermore, the youth need preparation for self-planning their budget and the basics of financial literacy.

What do you need to participate in the Competition?

  1. Form a team of 3 people (team leader – teacher-curator, 2 student-consultants).
  2. Choose one Competition category or all of those that are most interesting to you, given that the first category is compulsory.

 Competition Categories:

  1. Street Law Interactive Lesson (Compulsory Competition Category)
  2. Graphic law-education (infographics, booklets, posters, etc.)
  3. Law-education video (artistic or animated)
  4. Interactive game (tabletop, computer, mobile application)
  5. To develop a creative law-education product according to the Rugulations and by 31 May 2020, apply for the Competition in the Google form at the following link: https://forms.gle/G96oAABRkLiQ1Dfr7 and additionally send the works to the Competition email: alcustreetlaw@gmail.com
  6. To await the results of the Competition’s works selection, which will last until 15 June 2020, and to receive an invitation to participate in the large-scale Street Law Festival organized by the Association (the date and details of the event will be announced later).
  • According to the results of the evaluation, 10 teams will be selected to participate in the Festival.
  • Develop a cool presentation of your work and come to spend interactive and drive time with like-minded people at the Street Law Festival.
  • Get the most prizes and impressions from participating in the Festival.

The details of the Competition, the competition requirements and the criteria for the evaluation of the competition works can be found in the Competition Regulations.

Contact person:

Kateryna Datsko – Coordinator of FIN $kills

tel.: 0672718182

Email: alcustreetlaw@gmail.com

The Competition was made possible through support provided by the United States Agency for International Development under a grant by the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project.

Legal Education and Legal Protection in Ivano-Frankivsk

Legal Education and Legal Protection in Ivano-Frankivsk

 

A legal clinic is a unique experience, meaningful practice, development of competencies and soft skills of future lawyers. In order to secure and improve this form of students’ training – Standards of Activity of Legal Clinics in Ukraine were approved at the ALCU All-Ukrainian Congress 2014.Due to them legal clinical movement in Ukraine is being improved.

On February 26-28, a monitoring team from the Association of Legal Clinics in Ukraine visited Ivano-Frankivsk.  Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University legal clinic – one of the oldest legal clinics in Ukraine.

Ivano-Frankivsk

Monitoring of Legal clinics is conducted to ensure the development of legal clinics in the regions and to enable the Association to understand better the needs of the legal clinical network. During the monitoring, areas of activity of the legal clinic, such as organizational, educational, legal protection and legal education work, are investigated.

The members of the monitoring group were:

  • Maria Tsypiashchuk, a Board member of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, mentor at the Ostroh Academy legal clinic “Pro bono”,
  • Yaroslav Malik, mentor at the National Academy of Internal Affairs legal clinic “Zakhyst”,
  • Natalia Kozheimyaka, integrator of the Kryvyi Rih Local Secondary Legal Aid Center.

The strengths of the legal clinic were identified during the monitoring. Thus, the legal clinic has unique support from university administration. Three specialists are employed on a full-time basis. So there are more opportunities for advising the population, conducting interesting law-enforcement activities and introducing various forms of distant education more.

“This legal clinic has unquestionable advantages and a solid basis for further development: sufficient staffing, a well-coordinated team of specialists and an awareness of the direction in which to move,” – Maria Tsypiashchuk is convinced.

During the monitoring, trainings were held as well: Maria Tsypiashchuk conducted a training session on interactive methods in law education, and Natalia Kozheimyaka – on plane and clear language in communications, including the possibilities of social networks.

“It is interesting for me to listen to the person’s problem that he or she has come up with and to think out about strategy for solving it. When you realize that this solution depends on you, you do your best to help the person. It is simultaneously a lawyer’s and a citizen’s responsibility. Right here (in a legal clinic) I realized that the future depends on each of us and our attitude to the case. So the legal educational event that I conducted at school made me understand the importance of having contact with the audience, speaking in plain and understandable language. This is not an easy task. But I’m not afraid “- tells a legal clinic student Sofia Holodniuk.

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“The monitoring allows looking at the legal clinic teams’ work from the side: to evaluate, summarize, to improve something, to learn something and to determine the direction of future development. It’s a brainstorming when your friends and partners share ideas so you can continue to work even more inspiringly and effectively,” – shares with impressions the head of the legal clinic Ivan Kostiv.

According to preliminary results, the activity of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University legal clinic meets 68.75% Quality Standards.

“I am pleased with the results of the monitoring. Sometimes it’s necessary to deliberate step out of your comfort zone to see the path that can bring positive change. “- comments Valentina Vasilyeva, director of the educational and scientific Carpathian National University V. Stefanik Law Institute.

Following the monitoring, the Association team made some recommendations to improve the legal clinic’s activities:

  1. Update internal documentation (regulations, job descriptions).
  2. Introduce systematic training for legal clinic consultants.
  3. To strengthen planning and ensure the regularity of the legal educational component.
  4. To arrange the record of legal clinic activities.
  5. Improve the communication component of the legal clinic.

The results of the monitoring are a guide to what can be changed. After the presentation of the monitoring results, for this reason, a strategic session with partners was held.

 Ivano-Frankivsk

Representatives of the legal clinic, partners from state and public institutions have come to the presentation of the monitoring results. Representatives of the Regional Representative of the Human Rights Commissioner of Ukraine, Ivano-Frankivsk Local Center for Free Secondary Legal Aid, public organization “Moloda prosvita Prykarpattya”, Ivano-Frankivsk Territorial Center for social services for solitary disabled citizens, the National University of Internal Affairs legal clinic have exchanged visions of future cooperation in the field of legal educational work.

“Ivano-Frankivsk is lucky. There is a fairly large range of legal aid partnering providers here. Therefore, the readiness of the legal clinic team to develop legal education, to cooperate with different institutions is inspiring. ” – tells Nataliia Kozheimyaka, a representative of the free legal aid system.

Among the jointly produced ideas are:

  • documentary film club and mobile exhibition on human rights together with public organization “Moloda Prosvita Prykarpattya”,
  • thought festival, human rights festival, series of meetings in the center,
  • joining to the cooperation with the Human Rights Commissioner regional office,
  • coordination in conducting activities in schools,
  • continuation of cooperation with the Center for Secondary Legal Aid as a platform for legal education and a base for practice and internship, a partner in providing legal assistance to the population,
  • creating of organization map providing free legal aid in Ivano-Frankivsk.

The monitoring team together with the administration of the institution and the head of the legal clinic approved the Legal Clinic Development Plan, which was prepared based on the monitoring results.

Ivano-Frankivsk

Contacts of the Vasily Stefanyk Carpathian National University Educational and Scientific Law Institute Legal clinic:

Ivan Kostiv, head of the legal clinic

address: Ivano-Frankivsk, str. Shevchenko 44a, 115

tel .: (0342) 59-61-33

e-mail: Frank.stefanyk.legalclinic@gmail.com

Legal clinic monitoring is conducted by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation initiative “Development of Regional Leadership and Establishing a Model of Coordination of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.”

Artem Filipyev Talks about Human Rights and Responsible Business

Artem Filipyev Talks about Human Rights and Responsible Business

“I always reminisce on working in a law clinic with extraordinary warmth. It was an incredible combination of something interesting and useful”. – Artem Filipiev, the General Counsel of PJSC “ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih”.

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine continues to cover success stories of legal clinics graduates.

The next story for the Association was told by the General Counsel of PJSC “ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih”, former Director of Legal Affairs of PJSC “Consumers-Sklo-Zorya” and graduate of the legal clinic “Pro bono” of the National University of Ostroh Academy Artem Filipiev.

In February 2020, the presentation of the results of the National Legal Essay Competition “Responsible Business and Human Rights” took place. Artem Filipiev and the contestants discussed the features and values ​​in the work of a corporate lawyer.

So, it will be interesting not only to know more about the importance of legal clinical engagement, but also to see the personal experience of business law practice and the uniqueness of UP International Student Internship.

– Artem, can you tell about your personal experience of business law practice? Why have you chosen specifically this sphere?

Most of my professional experience is directly related to business services. I have also worked as an outside consultant, as an in-house lawyer during my years of practice.

I started to work at a law firm as a consultant. However, I decided to become a part of a business team. Since I didn’t want to be just an outside advisor who appears solely to participate in a particular project or to resolve a problematic situation. I am inspired by the fact that I can work not solely in a business service but also a to be a decision-maker. It is important to see how these solutions are subsequently transported into a useful society product.

– Why did you participate in the discussion of “responsible business” together with the participants of the National Student Essay Competition among legal clinics?  What exactly connects you to legal clinics?

I can claim that I started my law career at the legal clinic. In 2003 I became a consultant at the National University of Ostroh Academy “Pro bono” legal clinic.

Later, I worked as an administrator and project manager for the “Pravnychi Initsiatyvy” Charity Foundation. I always reminisce on working in a law clinic with extraordinary warmth. It was an incredible combination of something interesting and useful.

Besides, it was useful not only for me as a professional and an individual but also for society. I learned a lot. For example, conducting Street Law lessons allowed me developing public speaking skills. Communicating with people who approached us with their problems (which did not always have a legal solution) formed the skill of objectively analyzing the situation.

– The topics of the National Competition is rather unusual (“Responsible Business and Human Rights”). Which business do you think is responsible? What distinguishes a responsible business from “irresponsible”?

The purpose of any business is to make profit. However, this goal is achieved by creating a product that is directly or indirectly consumed by people. First of all, for me, “responsible business” is a business that creates a product. However, the consumption of this product does not destroy but builds a person, makes one’s life better. This is not all. In my opinion, “responsible business” is aware that the process of creating the product itself must have a positive impact on society. But not only from the perspective of today but also in the future. In practice, this is embodied in following certain business ethical. Adherence to these principles isn’t an action driven by fear of punishment or condemnation, but – rather a conscious choice.

– How does business affect human rights? What kind of rights are we talking about?

I think that business influences almost all human rights. If we use the well-known division of human rights into generations – the impact of business is felt in each of them.

For example, the enforcement of the right to life is not possible without safe and proper working conditions. The responsibility for this right is primarily the responsibility of the business. After all, it is possible to talk about observing this right if a person does not feel confident (within eight working hours) that he or she will return to their loved ones safe and sound?

Also, business is largely responsible for maintaining the right to a safe environment. Although specific rules for its implementation are created by the state – without their acceptance and implementation from the part of business, the environment will never improve. And there are many more of examples alike.

– On your opinion, who should be aware of human rights – specialized lawyers only or all of them, regardless of field of law they practice?

Undoubtedly – not only specialized! Human rights are about each of us. Therefore, we must not only know them but also implement them. And you know, business today is paying a lot of attention to human rights. For example, at the international company ArcelorMittal, every employee undergoes compulsory human rights training. It is impossible to do business in a world that sees human rights as the cornerstone of civilization – and not to know human rights.

– How relevant is this topic for Ukraine? Is the situation in our country too different from other countries in Eastern and Western Europe?

Of course, the topic of social responsibility in business is relevant to Ukraine. I am convinced that it is equally relevant anywhere else in the world. It includes the countries of Eastern and Western Europe. The conditions for doing business are different – hence the public’s demand for what should the responsibility be. The basic meaning remains the same: the business should review itself as part of society, not perceive society as a resource. However, the attitude of society to the business should be similar. People need to realize that it is business (not even the state) that creates jobs, pays taxes that enable the state to fulfill its social obligations. And it lays the foundation for the general prosperity of the people. Sometimes it seems to me that in Ukraine understanding this sometimes still remains a problem, since business is viewed through the prism of class struggle and dispossession (these phenomena at least have some ideological basis) and – at worst, perceive it as a cynical desire to take possession of another.

– In general, what are your impressions of the Competition? What impressed you most?

The competition is extremely interesting. I want to thank the people who joined the organization. The most memorable thing for me was the communication with the students during the visit to ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. – the largest mining and metallurgical enterprise in Ukraine. Open dialogue with young people is always inspiring and generates new ideas.

– What is your current job at ArcelorMittal you work at? What are its current projects and plans?

ArcelorMittal is the number one manufacturer of steel in the world and the largest foreign investor in Ukraine. For the last one and a half years, I have been working as the Chief Legal Advisor of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. This enterprise is currently implementing a large-scale investment program and is actively updating since it was built over 80 years ago. We are constructing new production units. Also, we are reconstructing existing ones and implementing environmental projects to reduce the industrial burden on the environment. We almost completed an important investment project. We carry out hot examinations of two newly built machines of continuous billets casting. Also, the reconstruction of the second sinter plant with the installation of modern electrostatic precipitators is not stopped. We are planning the construction of a new factory of pelletizing this year. Over 14 years of work in Ukraine, ArcelorMittal’s total investment has already reached $ 9.7 billion.

– Finally, give your three tips to the clinical students.

Firstly, don’t be afraid to dream. But let these dreams be not only about yourself. It is important to think about what you can do for others. Secondly, never lose the opportunity to fulfill your dream. Search for options! And always be ready for the chance to run an extra mile. And lastly, you have to look at the possibilities more broadly, not content with well-trodden and wide roads. You need to be prepared to find your path and not only to take advantage but to create as well.

This publication was made possible through support provided by the United States Agency for International Development under a grant by the USAID Financial Transformation Sector Project.

Another legal clinic “from Seventies” or what was monitored there in Uzhgorod

Another legal clinic “from Seventies” or what was monitored there in Uzhgorod

 

On Friday, another, the eighteenth monitoring of the Legal Clinic by the Association, finished. He is the second one which was conducted in cooperation with the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine.

The monitor team worked with the Uzhgorod National University Legal Clinic. And it saw that it was quite active and capable.
At the final public event, there was a large representation, which once again emphasized the importance and integration of UzhNU Legal Clinic to the local community: representatives of the regional networks of the three ministries of Ukraine, legal business, regional philanthropists, media resources, and of course, educators from the law faculty and their organizations.
After all, what are the results and who are the seventies? Uzhgorod National University Legal Clinic received a preliminary estimate of 70.4 points. This is what prompted such an informal name. The seventies is the name of a group of legal clinics that showed 70-79 points. In fact, according to the experience of monitoring, it is a rather high indicator that characterizes a well-organized and capable legal clinic. Check the results on our monitoring screen – all legal clinics- “seventies” meet the Association’s Standards. They have what to show and they are confidently moving forward.
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We hope that the UzhNU Legal Clinic, like the other Seventies, will develop a monitoring plan according to the results of the monitoring and they also will be develop.
The material was prepared by Andrii Halai
Photo: Maryna Vasylenko

The plan of development of the Legal Clinic “Public Reception” at KCIBL has been approved

The plan of development of the Legal Clinic “Public Reception” at KCIBL has been approved

Following the monitoring, the Legal Clinic “Public Reception” of the Kiev Cooperative Institute of Business and Law approved the Development Plan.

The plan

Recently, a meeting has been held to discuss the results of monitoring of the legal clinic “Public Reception”of the KCIBL in compliance with the Standards of activity of legal clinics approved in 2014 at the All-Ukrainian Forum of ALCU. The research of four directions of work: organizational, educational, consulting and law-educational was conducted from November 26 to November 29, 2019.

The participants of the meeting were:

  • Tetiana Kaminska, Rector of Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law;
  • Vasyl Omelchuk, Head of the Law Department and Head of the Legal Clinic “Public Reception” operating at a higher educational institution;
  • Yulia Lomzhets, Executive Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.

The plan

During the meeting they also approved the Legal Clinic Development Plan, which was prepared in accordance with the monitoring results.

The participants of the meeting agreed that the indicators of support from the administration of the institution and involvement of the legal clinic in the educational process are at a good level, and there are opportunities for their improvement. Accordingly, the Development Plan provides for the opportunity to enroll the practice based on the results of student activities in the clinic.

Also the revitalization of the clinic’s advocacy work is important, which, unfortunately, has so far been carried out at a low level. Some points of the Plan are already being implemented. For example, the activity of a legal clinic is covered on the Institute’s website.

At the same time, all the proposed items of the Development Plan were supported by both the management of the Institute and the department, which is an excellent indicator for the future positive changes.

The plan

The plan

The plan

Acceptance of applications for participation in international student internship has started

Acceptance of applications for participation in international student internship has started

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine is launching a new UP format for pumping hard and soft skills of students of law clinics.

What is the feature of the new format?

It combines learning, applied research into live practice and a of course competitive component. That is all that students of legal clinics like  and that allows them to be better than others.

This year, the project is designed for students and involves an international student internship that will be part of the legal direction of the 3rd International Smart Society Science Congress on “Responsible Business and Human Rights”.

Pay attention to the subject – this is one of the latest trends in law in Ukraine, and also among the neighboring countries.

The internship consists of two levels: national and international. At each level, students will complete both research (writing a legal essay) and practical (solving real legal cases, participating in workshops) tasks.

At the same time, a group of countries will be involved at both stages: Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Uzbekistan.

The rewards for participating and winning are tangible. The most motivating in our opinion is the opportunity to have a professional internship in the legal departments of powerful business corporations.

Interesting – then read on!

How to Become a Participant in an International Student Internship

  1. Form a team of 2 students at your legal clinic.
  2. Choose a scientific team leader.
  3. Prepare an essay on “Responsible Business and Human Rights”.
  4. By January 20, 2020, email  your application and essay to the internship on upalcu2020@gmail.com 

The detailed conditions for participation and the requirements for the essay are set out in the Regulations

Contact person for International Student Internship – Kateryna Datsko, +38 067 271 81 82, upalcu2020@gmail.com

 

“Will Allow the Program to Change Your Mind?”: About Legal Clinics and Docudays UA

“Will Allow the Program to Change Your Mind?”: About Legal Clinics and Docudays UA

For the sixth consecutive year, the Docudays UA Traveling Human Rights Documentary Film Festival has been taking place in Transcarpathia. This year, the staff of the Legal Clinic held screenings with discussions of six documentaries at UzhNU Law School, in the schools of the city and in gymnasium of Perechyn.

Maria Mendzhul noted that this year aim of the festival is to ask the question: “Will allow the program to change your mind?” This year’s festival is about how our day-to-day life, the habits and ways of communicating are changing because of digital technology, what new opportunities they open to explore reality, and what threats to control and information security lie on the digital network.

On November 18, 2019, a joint screening of documentary “Be careful, it’s chasm” for students of 19th school and students of UzhNU took place.

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On November 21, students of Uzhgorod Gymnasium discussed the impact of gadgets and electronic devices on environmental pollution while watching the documentary “Intentional Death”.

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The screening continued on February 22 at the Law Faculty, and in particular the films “You, ***, shut up” and “Cacophony of Donbass” that left nobody indifferent.

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On November 25, the issues of refugee rights were discussed with the students of School № 20. Among the experts there was invited Doctor of Science, Professor, Head of the Department of Civil Law and Process Sybilla Buletsa. The students were struck by the Ukrainian documentary “No Status Ukraine,” as well as the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

 

The screening in Perechin on December 2, 2019 for gymnasium students was quite interesting. On the screening of the film “You, ***, shut up” was the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law Iryna Khokhlova and the Deputy Director of the Legal Clinic Maria Mendzhul. The students did not like the attitude of the hero of the film by the authorities and the police. They told about personal experience of cooperation with local self-government bodies through youth council.

At the end of the 16th Wandering International Docudays UA Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Uzhgorod a photo exhibition “Such as we are: STOP BULLING” will be opened.

 

A few December meetings of the Association of Legal Clinics are the development of the cooperation

A few December meetings of the Association of Legal Clinics are the development of the cooperation
The development of the legal clinics network is about building partnerships.
Over the past few days, the team of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine has held several meetings with current and potential partners. All about cooperation and uniting initiatives.
The first was a meeting with a representative of the Swedish Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights Alexandra Ronkina. We have tried to present our network of legal clinics as interested and able to be a regional leader and partner. We will inform about updates.
The second meeting was held with Olena Yalova, a representative of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision . We discussed the promotion of a joint initiative on the systematic cooperation of legal clinics and the FLA system at the regional level.
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On December 16, we participated in a discussion of a new concept of Legal Space – it is a portal for organizations working in the field of human rights. This is another meeting aimed to find common ground for filling and using the portal.
And that’s not all. The next day, we spoke again with colleagues from the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation. We discussed what needs to be done to be more active participants of the Access to Justice School, which we launched this year with a group of partners.
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